BRADFORD — How many of you have visited the Bradford Railroad Museum? I feel like I should hang my head in shame, but I am very happy I’ve finally been there. I honestly can’t wait to go back and spend a little more time. For one, it’s truly beautiful in there. It makes you feel like you are stepping into something you would have to drive to a big city to see. It’s not only a museum, in every sense of the word, it’s historical as well. They removed the old drop ceilings from when the bank was there and took it back to the original high ceilings.
The museum won an Outstanding Achievement award for their Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train exhibit. Did you know his funeral train actually made a stop in Bradford? Now you do, courtesy of our local museum!
There is one particular exhibit I’m very excited to see again. It is a miniature version of Bradford in its height of being a true railroad town. I have always heard of the term “roundhouse” for the old buildings that used to be in the middle of town, but just took it for that, a term … that is, until I saw a portion of the miniature display. Now I know why they were called that. And for some reason it tickles me. Perhaps it was the pleasure of the “aha!” moment. But that is just one reason to visit our railroad museum! I look forward to the finishing of this exhibit.
The group of people that has spent many, many hours, months, years documenting the history of Bradford would like to ask for your help. The Bradford Railroad Museum is raising $50,000 by June. That is a lot of money. But, they have already raised $185,000. If they raise the rest of the money, they will receive Capital Appropriation from the state for $275,00. Those figures right there are telling you the amount of work, dedication and love that is going into this museum.
If would like to be a part of preserving the past, there are a few ways you can help. The obvious way would be to donate money. Any amount of money, large or small, is welcomed. Other ways would be to visit the museum, learn about Bradford’s history, donate items that were a part of the railroad era and share stories that you may have experienced when the trains still rolled through town. Without people like you sharing your history (or money for that money) museums wouldn’t exist. We wouldn’t be able to truly learn how far we have come.
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum (BORM) also schedules several events through out the year. These are other chances to be a part of something bigger. Upcoming events include April 2 – Salute; May 7 – Dining by Rail; June 4 – Railroad Festival; Oct. 8 – Run; Sept. 17 – Wine & Art. These events help fund the day-to-day expenses of running the museum. If you are moved to make a donation please mail it to Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 101, Bradford, OH 45308. Donations over $100 will be listed on the donor board.
Events and other items to keep in mind:
• School board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school.
• Alumni meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at the library.
• Save those box tops! Give them to a kid to take to school. Each one is worth 10 cents.
• Junior High Neon Glow Out Dance 7:30-10 p.m. March 4. Would love your help decorating! Contact Machelle Manuel at (937) 217-1183.
• Join the community club.
• Father-Daughter Dance, 7-9 p.m. March 5. Theme: Candyland.
• Next Village Council meeting at 7 p.m. March 25.
• Shop and eat local.
• Be a hoot, don’t pollute.
• Count your blessings.
• Be kind.
If you have an event or story to share please call or text me at (937) 417-4317 or email [email protected]
Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters. Reach her at
[email protected] or (937) 417-4317.